2. A fake hair replacement for around the genital region. People often shave the area and then replace the pubic hair with a stylish Merkin.
3. Invented in the 1800's when prostitutes would shave their pubic hair due to genital lice. The Merkin would cover up this shame.
Corey Fitzgerald is the self proclaimed King of Merkin's due to inventing the device for affected prostitutes in 1868
4. An abusive term, an insult due to the natureof the item
US user: "Well, if we weren't around, who could you Brits possibly feel superior to?"
In military terms, most especially the Navy, merkin is pubic hair left behind on either a toilet seat, or the rim of a men's urinal. More closely associated to women's restrooms than to men's, but applies to both.
A source of great consternation for those assigned the task of 'cleaning the head(restroom)'.
Bob - "Thats foul bro! I aint cleaning that up... its your turn!"
Karen: "Shave it all off and get yourself a merkin!!!"
Person 1: "i met this prostitute and she was wearing a fucia pubic wig.. whats that called again?"
Person 2: " oh, person 1, thats just a merkin."